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This century-old Italianate structure of bronze doors and grand marble staircases, Boston Public Library was the first free municipal library in the nation. The library's first building on Mason street was a former schoolhouse, which opened in 1854. Having received an authorized decision, the library's then commissioners located a new building for the library on Boylston street. Thus, the Copley Square location became home to the library in 1895. Expanding the Copley Square location in 1972, McKim building was constructed. In this National Historic Landmark, you can find collections of maps and prints, rare books and manuscripts and fine mural series. The Boston Public Library offers daily tours highlighting famed central library buildings and art works within, like the ones by John Singer Sargent.
Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, where the famous command "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was issued. Local lore makes much of the battle's misnomer; the battle actually took place on Breed's Hill. To keep the guidebooks simple, Breed's Hill was renamed Bunker Hill, and the original Bunker Hill was flattened. Many visitors end their Freedom Trail tour here. Ambitious visitors may climb the 295 steps to the top.
Built in 1896, Steinert Hall was built by the piano company M. Steinert & Sons and was on the street once called "Piano Way." This historic building has a Beaux Arts-style, but the building is really known for it's auditorium that's four stories below ground. This underground concert hall has curved walls and witnessed some of the top performances in the early 1900s. The auditorium has been closed since 1942, but it is currently being renovated with plans to reopen it to the public.
Take a leap back into the controversial yet interesting colonial slave-era period of America by visiting the Isaac Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts. Home to a very influential and powerful slave-holding family in the 18th century, this house is among the few remaining structures in northern US from Colonial Period. Today, the house serves as a museum with its architecture, interiors, furnishing and artifacts paying homage to the wealth and slavery that the country witnessed during the era. Public tours are permitted for a nominal fee from June through October on weekends.
Park Street Church is a stop on the Freedom Trail, down the hill from the State House. Built in 1810, the basement served as a gunpowder storage depot during the War of 1812. Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery speech here, and the Granary Burying Ground, where many famous early Bostonians are buried, is just steps away. The Federalist brick-and-wood building features a steeple and granite steps. The church houses an active parish.
Steeped in history, the remarkable Boston National Historical Park is a collage of sites very vital to American history. It comprises the Old State House, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church along with landmarks such as the Old South Meeting House and Faneuil Hall. From downtown Boston to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, the Freedom Trail entices history buffs with a string of longstanding structures. Don't miss either the Charlestown Navy Yard (the premier naval shipyard) or the oldest warship, USS Constitution, still anchored for your perusal.